Town in Minnesota evacuated after freight train catches fire following collision

11 railcars and one locomotive derailed in the incident, with two people on the train injured

Town in Minnesota evacuated after freight train catches fire following collision

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A town in Minnesota has been evacuated after a freight train collided with a truck, causing it to catch fire.

Around 230 people were relocated from Callaway last night as a precaution.

Two people on the train were injured when several carriages derailed.

An investigation has been started to find out why the truck was on the track.

Rail operator Canadian Pacific said in a statement that 11 railcars and one locomotive derailed in the incident. 

"Based on our preliminary investigation into this incident, it appears the train crew sounded the locomotive’s horn as the train approached the crossing," the statement adds.

Fox9 reports that fire crews from 15 departments were called in to assist with efforts to contain the fire.

The incident happened shortly after noon local times, with the Minneapolis Star Tribute reporting the fire was extinguished shortly before 10pm.